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5 Health Hacks Going Viral on TikTok That Really Work

When science and social media make the perfect team.
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What's better than an online health hack that's not just entertaining, easy, and accessible, but actually backed by science? Here are five health hacks going viral on TikTok that actually work. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

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Proper Flossing Technique

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Are you flossing your teeth properly? This TikTok video shows the correct technique for getting your teeth in perfect condition. "There's no shortage of conversations across the Internet about flossing and whether you should do it or not," says Leslie Wessinger, DDS. "However, any dentist will tell you, flossing is an integral part of your oral health habits, and there are several reasons why. The American Dental Association (ADA) also recommends flossing at least once per day."

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Never Eat Instant Ramen Noodles

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Why are instant noodles so bad? This TikTok video warns about how toxic and unhealthy instant ramen is. "Instant ramen is notoriously high in sodium," says Michelle Dudash, RDN. "You're much better off buying a can of soup filled with vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein like beans or chicken. Or if you're craving a bowl of Asian noodles, boil some brown rice noodles or buckwheat noodles, pour some reduced-sodium or homemade broth on top and add sautéed vegetables and edamame."

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How To Relieve Tension Headaches

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Want to quickly get rid of a headache? This TikTok video shows how cracking your ears can relieve a tension headache. "Tension headaches are the most common type of headache," says Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Stress and muscle tension are often factors in these headaches. Tension headaches typically don't cause nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light."

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Stand On the Earth With Bare Feet

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Known as "grounding", this TikTok video touts the health benefits of standing on the earth with bare feet. "'Earthing' and 'Grounding' are two names given to therapeutic techniques that connect the body to the natural electrical properties of the earth for various health benefits," says Liam McAuliffe, M.T.S. "At first, this may sound a little woo-woo. But the science behind earthing and grounding is compelling: The earth is abundant in free electrons (negatively charged) that when connected to the body can help neutralize free radicals, providing antioxidant and immune boosting properties."

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Debloat With Turmeric

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Is stomach bloating an issue? This TikTok video shows a debloating smoothie recipe which includes a healthy dose of turmeric powder. "Researchers have found that phytochemicals from natural foods, such as the curcumin found in turmeric, may be a safe and effective way to help reduce inflammation and prevent and treat disease," says Anne Pesek Taylor, RDN, CD. "While acute inflammatory responses are beneficial for the body in that they help heal injury, irritation, or infection, we know that chronic inflammation can contribute to disease onset. There is promising research to support curcumin's use for the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on obesity, to reduce arthritis pain and swelling, and to aid in complications such as diabetic retinopathy, nephropathy, and cardiomyopathy."

Ferozan Mast
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more
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